Karns, Pennsylvania

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Karns, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Karns is located in Pennsylvania
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Country United States of America
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Township Harrison
Elevation 817 ft (249 m)

Karns is an unincorporated community in Harrison Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA;[1] it is located in Western Pennsylvania within the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, approximately 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. Karns is situated along the Allegheny River at Pool 4 across from Jacks Island just above Lock and Dam 4 between Natrona, Natrona Heights, and Sligo.[2] The elevation of Karns is 817 feet above sea level.[1]

The postal ZIP code is 15065, while the telephone area codes are 724 and 878; although, the code 878 is not used.


The Pennsylvania Railroad ran through Karns, which had a small station; nearby stations were also at Sligo and Natrona.[3]


The community is located within the Highlands School District. Highlands High School and Highlands Middle School are located in Natrona Heights. Air pollution levels (particularly chromium) measured in Karns area schools are among the worst in the United States.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Karns". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Lock and Dam 4". Retrieved 2009-01-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Sipes, William B. (1875). The Pennsylvania Railroad: Its Origin, Construction, Condition, and Connections; Embracing Historical, Descriptive, and Statistical Notices of Cities, Towns, Villages, Stations, Industries, and Objects of Interest on Its Various Lines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Pennsylvania Railroad Company. p. 218. Retrieved 2010-04-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Yerace, Tom (2008-12-10). "Pollution around Highlands schools among worst in nation". Valley News Dispatch. Tribune-Review Publishing Company. Retrieved 2009-01-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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